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Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova had a discussion with an American journalist who asked her a question about the situation in Ukraine. This happened during a weekly briefing that took place on the sidelines of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF).
At some point, CNN correspondent Fredkrik Pleitgen asked the diplomat about Ukraine, as well as the phrase of Russian President Vladimir Putin about Peter I and the return of lands by Russia. His question was whether all this was a violation of international law.
In response, Zakharova noted that Pleitgen should remember what is happening with Kosovo and the US invasion of Iraq. She also pointed to the illegal presence of US troops in Syria. As a result, she called for asking “with the same pathos a question” about this at the State Department.
The parties talked for about 10 minutes. During this time, the speaker of the Russian Foreign Ministry recalled what was happening in the Donbass for eight years, to which the West did not pay any attention. Then Zakharova had already begun to answer another question, but she suddenly broke off and again turned her gaze to Pleitgen. She said she understood why the CNN rep was “so worried.”
“I couldn't figure it out about the historic lands. Are you talking about Alaska, or what?” Zakharova joked.
It was previously reported that the US Army intends to renew its forces in Alaska in order to better prepare for future conflicts in the Arctic. In particular, the Pentagon will replace the Stryker brigade on eight-wheeled vehicles with a more equipped, mobile infantry unit.
Alaska itself was sold to the United States in 1867. This happened under the Russian Emperor Alexander II. The cost of the transaction then amounted to 7.2 million dollars.
In June, Vladimir Putin noted that Peter I was returning and strengthening Russian territories. He also laid the foundation for St. Petersburg. Speaking about modern Russia, Putin noted that it also fell to her lot to “strengthen and return.”
In addition, the Russian ambassador to Estonia, Vladimir Lipaev, was summoned to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and expressed disapproval because of the Russian President’s story about that Peter I returned Narva during the Great Northern War.